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A Heartwarming Collection of Quotes and Stories About Compliments That People Never Forgot

It's important to remember that it doesn't take a lot of effort to do a bit of good for someone else. We often get so caught up in our own daily struggles that we completely forget that there are other people around us going through the same tumultuous adventure of ups and downs that is this crazy thing called life. Often it doesn't take much to improve someone's day for the better and just brighten things even a little bit. 

Doing a few kind things is even more important during times when hatred and fear looms, for only caring and kindness can overturn those feelings.

But I'm really just paraphrasing becasue, as always, Tolkien wrote it best...

"Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love." -J.R.R Tolkien

These people's stories go to show how far something like a simple compliment can go in someone's life, especially when it's most needed and unexpected. Just little things people did that they still remember and that gave some color to their world. 

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    kind words - Text - YOU DO MANY GOOD THINGS. MAKING MISTAKES EVERY NOW AND THEN DOESN'T CHANGE THAT
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    kind words - Text - KaiaAndromedaBlack 4h Waiting for my order to be taken at the drive-thru on Starbucks I started singing along to the radio, when the song ended the girl on the intercom said "Wow, I love your voice, I have no idea what you said (the song was in spanish) but you sounded so sincere" To this day, it's my go to memory when I'm feeling down for whatever reason. Reply 1319 Not ThisFucker 2h Wait but what was the song? 116 KaiaAndromedaBlack 1h Tardes Negras Tiziano Ferro - t123
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    kind words - Green - YOU'RE MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH. YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL EMM ROY
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    kind words - Text - ChillingMarmoset 3h I remember the exact date in 1991. I was 19 and working a crap job 500 miles from home and I was thinking about suicide in a calm, measured way. I was on my way out of a grocery store (where I had pilfered a tube of raw cookie dough so I could eat that day) Instinctively, I held the door open for an older lady behind me. She didn't say "thank you". She stopped, looked me square in the eye, and said "you're very sweet. Follow me. I'm going to make you dinne
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    kind words - Text - growing is a slow process. it's okay if you're not where you want to be now. you WILL get there in time. CHIBIRD chibird.com
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    kind words - Text - kernunnos77 4h A friend asked me to hold his oversized drink while he was driving. "Sure man, no prob." "Man, you're like the nicest person." "Thanks, I try to be." "No, that's the thing - you DON'T try to be, you just are." Reply 1406 chilloutm8 1h Awwwwwww 154 maxiesnax 1h Bromance t136
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    kind words - Text - urchigold 7h I was in a writing class in college. I tended to be outspoken and participated a lot in discussions. After class a girl approached me and said "I just want you to know I think you're an interesting person." Ihad just started going out with someone so I didn't really say anything aside from an awkward "thanks" though Reply 1389 elee0228 6h Did you ever see her again? 176 Irememberedmypw 5h I hope he did given they were in the same class. 390 Frankfusion 2h You'd b
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    kind words - Violet - YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE STRONG ALL THE TIME. EMM ROY
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    kind words - Cat - DON'T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF. EMM ROy
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    kind words - Text - BryceWasHere 5h My high school English teacher told me that he waits to read my essays until he has a coffee and time to relax. He also told me he will occasionally walk around to show other teachers the jokes in the essay That made me want to be a writer. He's probably the greatest teacher I ever had, and one of very few people I want to make proud. Reply 2598 staedlerdeadler 4h That is the best compliment I've heard. Treally do hope that you become a writer and be that pers
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    kind words - Text - it doesn't matter if you fail. as long as you keep trying, I will keep supporting you CHIBIRD chibird.com
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    kind words - Hedgehog - You are capable. You can do this. TheLatestKate
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    kind words - Text - philiptheguy 7h friend said i don't speak until i have something intelligent to contribute. good to know that i have someone fooled. Reply 3605 elee0228 6h The mute man is the wisest of us all. 606
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    kind words - Vertebrate - You're never as alone as you think you are. People don't tend to broadcast certain kinds of Pain, so you don't often see it. TheLatestKate
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    kind words - Text - crazymrrainbow 5h I went running for the first time in the hopes of trying to lose some weight. This lady walking her dog saw me nearly keeling over because I was so exhausted, and said to me "You're doing an amazing job, don't give up!" I'll never forget it, it gave me a second wind and suddenly I could keep going Reply 818 kbg12ila 4h That is amazing! 85
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    kind words - Pink - You've been doing a great job considering all you've been up against. The Latest Kate
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    kind words - Pink - The situation The Latest Kate is never as bad as it feels, everything will be okay soon.
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    kind words - Text - hiCousinElvin 5h My boss told me I look like little birds help me get dressed in the morning Reply 502 Pale_Rider28 4h You're a Disney princess! 72 crankedtothemax . 4h That's so cute and pure! 96 piratebluebear 1h I think I get dressed by a couple of moles and a platypus. : t21
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    kind words - Text - Hurray_for_Candy 6h I once had flowers delivered to my office and the card said, "I know I will never see you again but I wanted to thank you for changing my life" I had no idea who sent them, but I'll never forget it Edit: They weren't misdelivered, they had my real name and my nickname on the card. I called the florist and they had no name for me, paid for in cash Reply 1641 PoeGhost 4h I had started dating a girl who worked in my office. Around the time we started dating,
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    kind words - Rabbit - It's okay to be scared. It's okay to be uncomfortable. You will succeed in spite of those feelings. The Latest Kate
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    kind words - Text - Back2Bach 6h The most memorable kind comment came to me directly after a funeral from a widow who was moved by the music I had played for the service. She said, "I came into the church full of sorrow, and left full of joy because your music was uplifting and inspirational, not the typical dirge-like music expected." Later that week, after the funeral, she mailed a "thank you" note which included a check for the music fund in the amount of $25,000 Reply 2590 Idykass89. 5h I'm
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    kind words - Text - satisfried 6h I'm usually pretty quiet around family or people I don't know. My wife's family is ruthless with the constant does he not like us crap. One time grandma said "why are you always so quiet?" And right as I'm ready to answer my wife said "he's just stoic." A save for me and a discreet dig on grandma. That's why I married her. Reply 660 cantunderstand lol 5h I know you must've felt a little bit bad for the grandma but you didn't have to marry her just to make her fe
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    kind words - Text - don'+ be afraid to celebrate the mini successes! they do add up in the right direction! CHIBIRD chibird.com
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    kind words - Text - As far as small dog can tell, you're doing your best given the circumstances! CHIBIRD small dog admires you for your effort! chibird.com
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    kind words - Text - PM-ME_SMALL-BOOBS 7h "You look good." I was on my way to catch the bus home from school. A random girl just stopped and said it to me. I am quite a akward guy so without stopping I shrugged said "thanks" (Well, atleast I think I said thanks, might have just made a noise.) and started walking faster to catch the bus. It is one of those moments I look back at and cringe, but it also makes me feel good because it was the first time (and only time) I have got a compliment like th
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    kind words - Text - If I tell you my true thoughts and feelings, that means I trust you to treat them with care and respect. CHIBIRD please don't take advantage of that chibird.com
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    kind words - Mammal - There's no need to be so hard on yourself, you're managing as best as you can. The Latest Kate
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    kind words - Text - Fiftydollarvolvo 4h I was walking around the Smithsonian during a school field trip and this girl my age stopped me and said: "This is probably really creepy but you're just the prettiest girl I've ever seen. Just thought you should know." and walked away 363 Reply
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    kind words - Text - GingerSnappd 5h "You look just like a painting" It had been raining all day. I had just spent the last hour at the DMV, and at this point I was setting up for another hour at the social security office. The woman next to me was very... put together. Sitting up straight, really nice clothes. She was talking to a man who I assume was her husband. She kept turning and glancing at me and it was making me feel a little self-conscious. I was tired, my hair was in a side braid that
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    kind words - Facial expression - accept sadness, like we accept happiness CHIBIRD chibird.com
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    kind words - Text - joanhallowayharris 6h T had a rough time with my peers growing up. I got bullied mercilessly. I WAS that chubby redheaded kid that everyone thought was weird. My hair was big and unruly, I was covered in freckles and I just couldn't figure out who I was or how to dress. I didn't fit in AT ALL. I was at a funeral for the father of one of the kids I went to school with when I was home from university. A bunch of the kids I grew up with were there and one of them came up to me a
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    kind words - Text - you can be sad for as long as you need. CHIBIRD chibird.com
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    kind words - Cartoon - ts not your fault if bad people do bad things to you. You are not responsible for their actions CHIBIRD chibird.com
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    kind words - Text - number 11 7h Ihave some minor anxiety disorders. Mostly I think about stuff I said in conversations with others and I wonder if there was some inappropriate content coming from me that maybe hurt someone. I talked with a female colleague (I am male) about this and asked her if I said anything wrong that made her feel bad or something and she simply replied with "I think you could never say anything mean to me" That's a single sentence, but it makes me feel good thinking about
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    kind words - Text - oh-mylanta 6h I posted this in a different thread, cross-posting here. Guy I'd never met before approached me on the street, "Miss, do you have a second for me to tell you something? I've seen you around downtown for a while now, and you just always look so confident and sure of yourself, and I just want to say that I admire that and I hope you never lose it. Reply 1337 Thrumpledenoozitty 5h Wow! That's definitely not usually the follow-up "compliment" to that kind of open 26
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    kind words - Text - WhitePartyHat 5h "You made this place feel like home." In high school I met a foreign exchange student from Italy about halfway through her stay in America When we first met she told me about how alone she felt in America and how much she missed everyone back home. We had a "thing" for several months before she went home. A couple days before she left she told me that and it made me feel so good that I could bring her a little happiness and safety in a place so strange and fa
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    kind words - Cat - mistakes are fine they don't make you bad person a TheLatestKate
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    kind words - Red - 1ou WERE, ARE, AND ALWAYS WILL BE ENOUGH. MRey
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    kind words - Text - Danger_Possum 7h I was told by a volunteer I worked with that I'm a good teacher, and I have a 'way with people'. I never have been - nor do I aim to be - a teacher, but it's been a long-running joke within my family that I'm apparently awful with people. They don't mean it cruelly, but I very much internalised that sentiment It was lovely to hear that my perception of myself isn't necessarily how others see me. Reply 278 plazmablu 4h People don't realise how hurtful jokes ca
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    kind words - Text - chipbitch 5h Being the only (and youngest) girl working at a cafe run only by Greek man in their late 20's/30's I was definitely picked apart and made to feel pretty dumb with every little mistake. One day this lady pulled me aside to explain for a solid five minutes that everyone that works here is rude and selfish. Only to explain that the only reason she still comes is because I have the most beautiful smile and my personality invites her in everytime. She may have felt ba
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    kind words - Vertebrate - you're too hard on yourself thelatestKate
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